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Events for August 6, 2021

First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month at locations throughout Downtown Raleigh. Art galleries and studios are open late with rotating exhibits and artist talks. Exhibitors feature artists, music, and special offers. Retailers and restaurants can offer discounts and specials. There's something and somewhere for everyone. First Friday is free and open to all.

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Amorino Raleigh: Excellence in Italian Gelato
137 E Davie St - Moore Square District
First Friday Special at Amorino Raleigh
6:00pm-9:00pm

Get 20% off of your purchase at Amorino when you mention this First Friday Special!

Current Wellness
219 S East St - Moore Square District
First Friday at Current Wellness
5:30pm-7:30pm

Swing by Current Wellness to check out their featured artist of the month. Our Wellness Bar will also be open for mocktails, kombucha, and snacks.

Fayetteville Street Venue
Fayetteville St - Downtown Raleigh
Dine Out @ First Friday
7:00pm-10:00pm

We are combining First Friday with Dine Out Downtown to bring you Dine Out @ First Friday. Enjoy food, music, and art all in one night, all in Downtown Raleigh. Art galleries + studios are open late with rotating exhibits and streets are closed for extended outdoor dining.

Restaurants:

  • Big Easy NC 
  • Bittersweet
  • Capital Club 16
  • Flying Mayan
  • Sono 
  • The Raleigh Times 
  • Virgil’s
  • Element 
  • Jimmy V’s
  • Benny Capitale’s 
     

Art & Entertainment:

  • Wake Up your Root Dance Battle hosted by the Raleigh Rockers 
  • Live painting with local artist Sarahlaine Calva 
  • Interactive chalk drawings with local artist Kiara Sanders 
  • Live music by XOXOK from 7:00-8:30pm
  • Live music by Angela Parchetta from 7:30-9:00pm
  • Morning Times First Friday Art Market 
  • Friday Night Futbol at City Plaza 
     
Haymaker
555 Fayetteville St - Fayetteville Street District
First Friday Art Display by Chris Evans from @goodtripinc
5:00pm-12:00am

Stop by and check out our art display from Chris Evans. Chris is a local artist and also owns a tattoo shop next door to Poole's Diner. We have displayed his art for over 2 years and he always rotates artwork throughout the year. Feel free to grab a cocktail and seat where you can view our wall of Chris' work.

The Hightide Salon
309 W Martin St - Warehouse District
First Friday & Housewarming
6:00pm-9:00pm

Swing by High Tide Salon to enjoy a DJ, art vendors, drinks, and a raffle benefitting the LGBT Center of Raleigh 

Loading Dock - Prince Hall Coworking and Offices
216 E Lenoir St - Downtown Raleigh
The Prince Hall First Friday Art Invitational
7:00pm-10:00pm

Hosted by Loadingdock Prince Hall and Davidrubinpaintings.com. 6 artists will exhibit art for sale on the scenic rooftop of Prince Hall.

The Prince Hall First Friday Art Invitational
7:00pm-10:00pm

5 ARTISTS EXHIBITING PAINTINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ROOFTOP OF THE LOADING DOCK PRINCE HALL WITH A STUNNING SCENIC VIEW OF DOWNTOWN. A UNIQUE FIRST FRIDAY EXPERIENCE. DAVID RUBIN, TINA MARCUS, STEVE COAD, IAN GRIFFIN AND JERRY SIEGAN AT DAVIDRUBINPAINTINGS.COM, TINAMARCUS.COM, SOUTHERNELEGANCEPHOTOS.COM, IANGRIFFIN.COM AND JSIEGANFINEARTS.COM

Monarch Realty
213 Fayetteville St - Downtown Raleigh
Samantha Heeley - Photography
6:00pm-9:00pm

Photographer, Samantha Heeley, will showcase her work within Monarch's walls, just above Foundation!